After a quilt has been layered and quilted, most times there will be some excess quilt batting that needs to be trimmed away from around the edges. Rather than throwing away all of your smaller scrap sizes of batting, save them and learn how quick and easy it can be to piece together small pieces of batting- Heather Thomas shows you how.
Quilt batting comes in all sorts of different sizes and materials. You can find cotton, polyester, blended and many other types of batting as well as batting in crib, twin, queen, king and other sizes. How to choose the right quilt batting will depend on the project you are making and the end result you are wanting. However, no matter what type of quilt batting you choose, you can use Heather’s method of piecing together small scraps of batting into larger pieces so you can always get the most use out of your quilt supplies.
When piecing together small pieces of batting Heather first explains that you need to have a perfectly straight edge on both pieces being stitched together. This is because the pieces are laid next to each other and then stitched, rather than laying the pieces right sides together and stitching. Heather explains that she pieces the batting together this way to ensure that the batting remains flat. When applying batting to a quilt you don’t want to have any wrinkles, puckers or other imperfections that could shows through the quilt top. Heather demonstrates how to stitch the pieces of quilt batting together, explaining what type and size of stitch she is using. She then explains that any small waves in the batting that can occur when